Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers went through a very public, very painful divorce after the 2007 season.
Favre won three NFL MVP awards and one Super Bowl title during his 16 seasons with the Packers. Then the team moved on to Aaron Rodgers, and the future Hall of Famer moved on to the New York Jets and the Minnesota Vikings, the Packers' NFC North rivals, to finish his career.
Former Packers coach Mike Sherman, now offensive coordinator with the Miami Dolphins, believes the relationship between Favre and the Packers eventually will heal.
"I think time will pass and everything will be made right," Sherman recently told Greg Bedard of The Boston Globe. "Green Bay has meant too much to him as a player and as a person, and he's been too much for them.
"I know there's some hard feelings, maybe on both sides, but at the same time, I think with time, that all dissipates and he'll be welcomed back with open arms. The dust just has to settle a little bit, and the pain of his exit has to heal a little bit, and I think he'll be what he was. He was an icon.
"I know he loved his time in Green Bay and has phenomenal memories. I know that he cherishes every single Sunday that he went out that tunnel to the cheers of those fans. I think eventually that will heal up and be put in the past."
The Packers have an idea for when they want to retire Favre's number and, according to Michael Hunt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Favre has climbed off his riding mower enough to begin mending fences with the Packers' organization.
Favre and Rodgers might never take tandem bike rides to the malt shoppe together, but Sherman is right. There simply are too many magical moments between the Packers and Favre to let a few awkward months or years define their relationship.